Monday, October 10, 2011

Cultural Role of Tales - The Universal Hero's Journey - Frank Heckman

Cultural Role of Tales

Some set out and never quite get there.
Others set out and make it.
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What qualities from the old tales recur.
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Worlds of tales and commerce blend, with Frank Heckman of the Netherlands. He sees that even ordinary people (like the Jacks of old) can learn to be champions at something.  Follow his approach, as he has developed it in his work as a consultant to such people: "The Hero's Journey", see http://www.broadenthehorizon.eu/uploads/049_FRANK%20HECKMAN_EN.pdf.  How to succeed.  How to want to succeed.  How to translate the wisdom of the spirit, culled over centuries, into day by day. Mythology plays a strong part, as he works with people seeking excellence in sport, business, arts. Mythology promotes excellence.
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What is the role of the cultural tale in setting a framework for business. Can we tap our childhoods, if we were lucky enough to have stories and books abounding. And comfy chairs, and darkening afternoons in the cushions, a single lamp over a shoulder, shadows moving.

Try his general framework on any tale, or life in process:

1.  THE GOAL.  Hear and heed the call to adventure. Discover your own dream.  Determine your own course.  Free yourself from social control.  Choose a destination.
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2.  THE BALANCE.  Seek "flow" -- the feeling of total focus in circumstances where you can see yourself succeeding -- you can perform optimally as you go.  This takes a balance, between the challenge of the task, and the ability of the seeker.  Too great a challenge leads to fear, tension.  Too little challenge leads to boredom.
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3.  THE COMPANIONS. Create your own world and find companions for your travels.  Fellowship matters.  Find new qualities in yourself.  Your companions will influence how you proceed. Choose well.
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4.  THE OVERCOMING. Expect the Dragon.  Work through the inevitable disappointments.  Overcome resistance, fear. Return to another great tale, Jason and the Golden Fleece.  A Dragon clause can be the key to a successful agreement, see http://martinlutherstove.blogspot.com/2009/12/golden-mean-fleece-dragon-and-law-of.html#!/2009/12/golden-mean-fleece-dragon-and-law-of.html
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5.  THE IMPLEMENTING.  Implement, "stand in your own truth," carry over, follow through, execute

6.  THE SIGH; AND RETURN.  Evaluate, reap rewards in knowledge, experiences, return and apply.  What do you bring back with you, your "grail".  Can you sustain it?


Mr. Heckman's co-author is Steven de Bie, whose interests in sustainability arrive from a different direction, see his work in biodiversity at http://www.reg.wur.nl/UK/Staff/Bie/ .